In my experience, playing at the net in doubles is not helpful more often than not at the 4.0 skill level. I'm not a great net player but by no means weak at the net, and if I'm up against somebody in a neutral rally who can hit solid groundies, they will win 60% of those points. I have had the same experience in reversed roles. In a neutral position, most of the time the net player will eventually pop up one of my well-struck groundies for an easy put away. The options for the player at the baseline are many. My favorite is splitting the net player and back player which results in a weak reply and sometimes miscommunication among partners. With this in mind, I feel that at the 4.0 skill level, it is beneficial to be at the baseline in a neutral rally. The reason I bring this up: last night, my friend and I lost to some decent net players, but I'm certain if we would continue playing them, the basline doubles game would prove more effective. I'm not saying that doubles teams should play back all the time. I am saying that the team should gain the upperhand via the baseline and quickly move forward just as seen in the ATP singles tour. Keep in mind, I am not saying that every time it is beneficial to stay back in a neutral rally. I'm just saying that most of the time, perhaps 60%, it is advantageous to rip 'em from the baseline. What do you think?